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Episode #326
Installing window boxes on brick siding, making plumbing connections, installing a "drip strip" … more
Episode #325
Installing fluorescent light fixtures, landscaping software, replacing an aluminum baseboard heat cover
Episode #324
Installing an electronic air cleaner, removing ice from a walkway, venting a bathroom fan.… more
Episode #323
Clearing a clogged vent stack, building a backyard ice rinks… more
Episode #322
Riding lawnmowers, garbage disposers, and replacing a rotting wooden threshold… more
Episode #321
Installing a 220 volt receptacle, gardening hand tools, and installing a macerating toilet… more
Episode #320
Leveling a floor, fixing a leaky water shut-off valve, air compressors… more
Episode #319
Composting, and removing a house trap… more
Episode #318
Unclogging bathtub drains, exploring alternatives to window weights and planting a low-maintenance garden … more
Episode #317
Replacing rotted deck balusters, and connecting an icemaker, and stripping wallpaper
Episode #316
Replicating moldings, fixing an unlevel patio, and stripping wallpaper
Episode #315
Replacing an old storm window, winterizing shrubs, and using carbon monoxide detectors
Episode #314
Repairing a glass door, and pruning a Pin Oak
Episode #313
Planting a new lawn, and replacing a kitchen sink
Episode #312
Repairing cracked stucco, cleaning a lawnmower, and installing a dehumidifier pump
Episode #311
Learning about ladder safety and rebuilding a crumbling retaining wall
Episode #310
Silencing a noisy toilet, cutting crown molding, and replacing broken tile
Episode #309
Repairing leaky valves, replacing a cellar door, and repairing a leaky drip irrigation hose
Episode #308
Installing adjustable shelves, identifying a plastic guard for a tree trunk, and testing your soil before planting
Episode #307
Relacing a water heater's anode rod, installing a rain diverter, identifying a gutter cleaner and no-caulk flashing, and installing thermostatic valves on steam radiators
Episode #306

Original Air Date: Week of November 8, 2004

General contractor Tom Silva helps spruce up the front of homeowner Stacy Keller's Acton, Massachusetts, house by building window boxes for flowers. Then Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then Roger installs sod to create a brand-new lawn in the backyard of Needham, Massachusetts, homeowner Peter Burdick, just in time for his family's annual barbecue.

Flower Boxes
Tom shows a homeowner how to build two new window boxes using medium density overlay (MDO) plywood. Tom measured the window openings and cut the material to the appropriate size using a circular saw and a straightedge. He glued the pieces together using a polyurethane glue and ceramic-coated deck screws. He then fastened the window boxes to the house using galvanized steel brackets and scrap pieces of MDO.

Polyurethane glue:


MDO plywood, circular saws, cordless drills, ceramic-coated deck screws, galvanized steel brackets, and sawhorses can be purchased at your local lumber yard or home center

What Is It?
Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin examined an unusual item and tried to guess how it's used.

Where to Find It
Roger showed a device for holding a cordless drill to keep hands free while using an extension ladder. It is manufactured by:
Grippster Company

New Lawn With Sod
Roger helps a homeowner get a new lawn in time for his Fourth of July barbecue by helping install sod.

Where to Find It
Greenskeeper 12-25-12
Professional turf landscape
Lebanon Seaboard Corp.

Sodco Inc.
P.O. Box 2
Slocum, RI 02877
401-294-3100 (local)
800-341-6900 (toll-free)

Grub hoes, wheelbarrows, roto-tillers, level-head rakes, lime, disposable snap-off blades, and sod can be purchased at your local garden center, nursery, or home center

Aged-leaf compost can be found at your local garden center, nursery, or municipal composting facility
Episode #305
Removing damaged bolts and screws; creating a walkway edge; What Is It?; jacking up a porch to fix a rotting post
Episode #304
Cutting a kitchen pass-through; What Is It?; stopping a toilet from running… more
Episode #303
Repairing a fence, restoring hot water by fixing an anti-scald valve, and installing a keyless chuck on an older drill
Episode #302
Replacing a clogged trap, brick walkway patterns, and covering a cracked ceiling with drywall
Episode #301
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more